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Document number: 4581
Date: 18 Aug 1842
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: CLAUDET Antoine François Jean
Collection: National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
Collection number: 1937-4908
Last updated: 5th September 2012

Adelaide Gallery <1>
18. Août 1842


J’ai reçu la chambre obscure (Systeme de Gaudin) <2> que vous m’avez chargé de commander pour vous à Mr Lerebours. <3>

Veuillez me dire si je dois vous l’envoyer chez vous. <4>

J’ai l’honneur d’être, Monsieur, votre tres humble Serr
A. Claudet.

Monsieur Fox Talbot
Sackville Street


Adelaide Gallery
18. August 1842


I have received the camera obscura (Gaudin’s model) which you asked me to order from Mr Lerebours for you.

Please tell me if I should send it to you your home address.

I have the honour of being, Sir, your very humble Servant
A. Claudet.

Mr Fox Talbot
Sackville Street


1. Adelaide Gallery, Strand, London: Gallery of Practical Science; site of Antoine Claudet’s photographic studio.

2. Marc Antoine Augustin Gaudin’s (1804-1880) camera obscura had the added feature of a variable aperture, in the form of a moveable disc attached to the front of the camera, over the lens. This mechanism anticipated Waterhouse stops by some years.

3. Noel Paymal Lerebours (1807–1873), optician, of Lerebours & Secretan, Paris.

4. 31 Sackville Street, London, was the residence of the Feildings, often used as a London base by WHFT. His home was Lacock Abbey, in Wiltshire.